CodeClan empowers employers to plug Scotland’s digital skills gap
Digital skills academy CodeClan is urging employers who are on the look-out for new software talent to join its employer partner community.
The Edinburgh-based social enterprise is also hosting a series of drop-in events where employers can learn more about the skills and courses taught, as well as the calibre and dedication of CodeClan students.
It says that becoming an employer partner gives businesses access to committed, passionate and skilled people who will enhance their organisation.
CodeClan says that with more than 100 employer partners, such as Skyscanner, FreeAgent, Adobe, Make it Social and RBS, signed up to its community, this is an opportunity for employers to snap up talent straight from the source.
A recent survey released by industry trade body, ScotlandIS, found 73% of businesses will look to hire digital talent locally this year – an increase of 15% on last year’s figures. Software and web development remain the most in demand skills, with 80% of businesses looking to hire new talent this year, up from 60% in 2016.
CodeClan CEO Harvey Wheaton said: “There is increasing focus on seeking out local talent, and CodeClan is at the forefront of producing highly skilled, job-ready digital professionals.
“With 12,800 job opportunities being created each year in Scotland’s fast-moving digital sector, and increasingly tight supply, employers are looking for new channels to secure the talent they need.
“Becoming an employer partner with CodeClan means we can support employers and help them access talented people at an early stage, making the hiring process easier.”
CodeClan’s curriculum, which is accredited by the SQA, is designed to support the digital sector with the skills needed to develop new and existing talent.
It says employer partners can even engage and shape the curriculum to suit their individual business needs.
They can also shortlist prospective candidates through browsing profiles, speed networking sessions or face-to-face meetings, while CodeClan offers dedicated hiring support and discounts on training courses for up-skilling existing employees.
CodeClan’s first employer breakfast session will take place on Wednesday, 26 April at 37 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EL.